Halloween songs no. 11: Bauhaus – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

Bela Lugosi's DeadI know very little about Bauhaus. The only song of theirs I have is “She’s in Parties” (1983). I do know that this 1979 song, which was their first single, is sometimes considered the first “gothic rock” song. The person who put it on YouTube set it to clips from the 1931 version of Dracula that Lugosi starred in, which they doctored up with negative lighting, rotoscoping, and other effects. Fun fact: Lugosi was buried in one of his Dracula capes.


White on white translucent black capes
Back on the rack
Bela Lugosi’s dead

The bats have left the bell tower
The victims have been bled
Red velvet lines the black box
Bela Lugosi’s dead

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Undead, undead, undead
Undead, undead, undead

The virginal brides file past his tomb
Strewn with time’s dead flowers
Bereft in deathly bloom

Alone in a darkened room
The count
Bela Lugosi’s dead

Bela Lugosi’s dead
Bela Lugosi’s dead
Undead, undead, undead
Undead, undead, undead

Undead

Oh Bela
Bela’s undead…

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One response to “Halloween songs no. 11: Bauhaus – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

  1. Pingback: Halloween songs no. 29: Bauhaus – “Stigmata Martyr” | meep[zine]

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